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Pokedex for iOS Available in the US

by Mike Gamin - December 11, 2012, 1:46 pm PST
Total comments: 23 Source: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pokedex-for-ios/id..., iTunes

Nintendo and The Pokemon Company released an official app on the iOS App Store.

The Pokedex for iOS app is now available on the official App Store on iOS platforms. The reference app bears a striking resemblance to the previously released Pokedex 3D Pro for the 3DS, though each has unique features. All 647 Pokemon (and their alternate forms) are available in the application via in-app purchases. It is a universal app so a single purchase works on iPhones, iPod Touches, and iPads. It requires iOS 6.0.

Users of the app are able to use extensive search options to discover Pokemon. Once viewing a Pokemon, they can see a unique animation, hear their cry, see their stats, and understand their abilities. The app is also capable of storing custom notes for each monster.

The app can be downloaded for $1.99. The initial download features entries for Pokemon #494-647 (The Unova Region). Pokemon from Kanto (#1-151), Johto (#152-251), Hoenn (#252-386), and Sinnoh (#387-493) can be added via in-app purchases. Each region's set costs $5.99. Therefore, to outfit the app with every Pokemon, the final cost of Pokedex for iOS would be $25.95.

Note: There are many nonofficial Pokedex apps available on the App Store. At the time of this writing a simple search for 'Pokedex' will not reveal the official app from The Pokemon Company. It is recommended that you search for 'Pokedex for iOS' as a phrase and make sure you are downloading the one provided by The Pokemon Company.

Talkback

I don't have a iOS device and don't plan on getting one ever. I hope this will come out for Android devices since I know I'll be getting one eventually.

ShyGuyDecember 11, 2012

Nintendo went third party! Happy now, Hard Core gamerz?

nickmitchDecember 11, 2012

The arguments about that on other sites are cringe worthy.

Mop it upDecember 11, 2012

How can there be non-official Pokémon apps on the iPhone? Isn't that copyright infringement or something?

KhushrenadaDecember 11, 2012

I don't know. How do strategy guides work? It could be the same principle. Or, they just may word things in such a way to not directly name Pokemon. For instance, there was an app to calculate your score while watching Jeopardy but they never refer to Jeopardy by name just as "That Quiz Show" even though it is clearly set up to be used for a Jeopardy board and goes by their money totals.

TJ SpykeDecember 12, 2012

$1.99 I can justify, $26 for the whole thing? That is stupid and way overpriced. And requiring iOS 6 means I can use it on my iPad.

ShayminDecember 12, 2012

Quote from: Mop

How can there be non-official Pokémon apps on the iPhone? Isn't that copyright infringement or something?

Yes. And now that Pokemon Company has an official app on the store, they can go hard-ass on all of them. Which is probably why this thing exists in the first place.

Quote from: TJ

$1.99 I can justify, $26 for the whole thing? That is stupid and way overpriced. And requiring iOS 6 means I can use it on my iPad.

Or you can use websites for free. Or get the National Pokedex book off Amazon for $13.

Quote from: nickmitch

The arguments about that on other sites are cringe worthy.

Second.

TJ SpykeDecember 12, 2012

Quote from: Shaymin

Quote from: TJ

$1.99 I can justify, $26 for the whole thing? That is stupid and way overpriced. And requiring iOS 6 means I can use it on my iPad.

Or you can use websites for free. Or get the National Pokedex book off Amazon for $13.

Yeah, I know. Does me no good if I don't have a Internet connection and don't want to be dragging a book around with me. Nor do those online ones have the features of this one.

delebreaubDecember 12, 2012

Quote from: ShyGuy

Nintendo went third party! Happy now, Hard Core gamerz?

No, you have to remember, this app was released by The Pokemon Company International. They are not directly a part of Nintendo, they just happen to work with Nintendo of the video game series.

ShyGuyDecember 12, 2012

How much of the Pokemon company does Nintendo own?

TJ SpykeDecember 12, 2012

Quote from: delebreaub

Quote from: ShyGuy

Nintendo went third party! Happy now, Hard Core gamerz?

No, you have to remember, this app was released by The Pokemon Company International. They are not directly a part of Nintendo, they just happen to work with Nintendo of the video game series.

You do know that Pokemon Company is 100% owned by Nintendo? They are like Retro Studios or Intelligent Systems in that they are subsidiaries of Nintendo. So, yes, they ARE directly part of Nintendo.

ShyGuyDecember 12, 2012

Iwata looked at this and said "WHERE ARE THE BUTTONS!?!?"

delebreaubDecember 12, 2012

Quote from: TJ

Quote from: delebreaub

Quote from: ShyGuy

Nintendo went third party! Happy now, Hard Core gamerz?

No, you have to remember, this app was released by The Pokemon Company International. They are not directly a part of Nintendo, they just happen to work with Nintendo of the video game series.

You do know that Pokemon Company is 100% owned by Nintendo? They are like Retro Studios or Intelligent Systems in that they are subsidiaries of Nintendo. So, yes, they ARE directly part of Nintendo.

While TPCi is owned by Nintendo, they are still a subsidiary, which means they work independently from Nintendo.

I take this quote from the following IGN article:

Quote from: IGN]Please

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata's past commentsabout abstaining from releasing game-related content on mobile devices - nor does it reflect a change in this long-held standpoint. As a subsidiary, The Pokémon Company is, in many ways, separate from Nintendo - that's why it was able to do this, and why Pokémon-related iOS apps have already been released in Japan prior to this.

They're still under the control of Nintendo. If Nintendo didn't want them to make that iPhone app, they wouldn't have been able to. They can use all the double talk they want to, the fact is, Nintendo authorized it.

MataataDecember 13, 2012

I see this as a smart move, actually. There's been a ton of Pokedex apps and stuff for iOS and Android devices, so why not let the people who actually own Pokemon get their share of the pie? And besides, the price is about the same for the 3DS version and it has a crap ton of stuff in it. I think it's actually a rather nice move of them to expand to people who don't have 3DSes or use them as much as their iStuff (personally I think it'd be easier to whip out my iPod to check something and not have to worry about having an Internet connection or having to boot up my 3DS or end a game and wait through all the load times) and, at the same time, their market.

That's my stance on it, anyway. I'm no business professional or whatever.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorDecember 13, 2012

I thought TPC was only 2/3rds owned by Nintendo?

ShayminDecember 13, 2012

1/3 Nintendo, 1/3 Creatures (wholly owned subsidiary of Nintendo) and 1/3 GameFreak (independent company).

TJ SpykeDecember 13, 2012

Even if it's only 2/3, they still means Nintendo dictates everything they can and can't do since they are majority owner. Mataata, this is far more expensive than the 3DS app. The 3DS one is $15, this one is $26 for the same. If this was 15, I might get it.

tendoboy1984December 13, 2012

Nintendo owns Creatures? How do you guys know that?


And quoting Wikipedia is not a good source.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorDecember 13, 2012

Quote from: TJ

Even if it's only 2/3, they still means Nintendo dictates everything they can and can't do since they are majority owner.

Not being privy to their contractual arrangements, I can't say for sure one way or another.

It's highly possible that Game Freak has a clause that allows them some exemptions in making/licensing limited Pokémon-based applications for non-Nintendo devices. 

I don't see why Nintendo isn't more open to mobile development. I'm not talking games; I mean stuff like a real Miiverse app instead of just a web interface, or something along the lines of Microsft's Xbox Live app to let you see what your friends are doing and maybe buy things on the eShop, you know, companion apps.

tendoboy1984December 13, 2012

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I don't see why Nintendo isn't more open to mobile development. I'm not talking games; I mean stuff like a real Miiverse app instead of just a web interface, or something along the lines of Microsft's Xbox Live app to let you see what your friends are doing and maybe buy things on the eShop, you know, companion apps.

I'm pretty sure Iwata is planning those things. He did say mobile devices should be complimentary devices, not competitors.

nickmitchDecember 13, 2012

Quote from: Shaymin

1/3 Nintendo, 1/3 Creatures (wholly owned subsidiary of Nintendo) and 1/3 GameFreak (independent company).

I thought this was the breakdown for the rights to Pokemon, and that TPC was wholly owned by Nintendo and created solely to manage the licensing.

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